Glass Will Break and Pain Will Stain

Glass Will Break and Pain Will Stain was a fragmentation of reality - the crashing down of invisible glass barriers that exist within us - and a celebration of the pain that accompanies the process of growth. The fragile nature of our basic human nature combined with the sharp edges of known dimensions. Shattering in a pattern that vibrated through the eyes and ears into the bleeding hearts of the audience, absorbing our commonalities in the negative space that is often overlooked.

MUSICIANS : Dead Leaf Echo, Monogold, Bootblacks and The Harrow / PERFORMANCE ARTIST : Nicole Battestilli / INSTALLATION DESIGN : Farida Amar / PRODUCTION : Farida Amar

Photo Credit : Farida Amar 

This show was a part of Unraveled Tours 2016.

Life & Death

MUSICIANS : Corey Pace and Truong Ta / PERFORMANCE ARTISTS : Marina Kec, Caitlin Dagle, Tess Kunik and Emma Arrick / INSTALLATION DESIGN : Marina Kec and Caitlin Dagle / ILLUSTRATION : Chris Ams / PRODUCTION : Farida Amar

▶︎ Original music composed for LIFE click here.

▶︎ Original music composed for DEATH click here.

Photo Credit : Farida Amar

This show was a part of Unraveled Tours 2015.

The Holy Automatic

“This is an assemblage of poetry supposedly inspired by the bible. The person who edited this describes it as “a compilation of cutups, redacted poetry, and automatic writing all culled from the bible.” Much of it appears legitimately sincere and reminiscent of the psalms. It’s well-written and at times beautiful, but there is a part of me that wonders how this all came together and if it is entirely serious. There is an infomercial for The Holy Automatic I found on YouTube and it is cheesy, as though they are poking fun at the bible and christianity. I can’t decide if it is really “holy” or not. But just to be on the safe side, to counteract any religious sincerity, I’m listening to Slayer as I write this review.” –Kurt Morris, Razorcake

“Despite being a non-religious fellow, there have been a few times in my life when I really envy people who are well-versed in the Bible. Though, no duh, shame on me for not being so. The shit’s canon. Regardless, this zine presents a brilliant concept on the complicated relationship between poetry, words and their relationship to “the truth.” Beginning with a statement from (whom I’m guessing is fictional, though it’s wonderfully unclear) “Rev. Dr. Lee Busch, D.D., Tri-County Youth Pastor,” the collection asks us to consider these poems as modern stand-ins for biblical scripture. Busch explains, “You are holding in your very hands the most recent divinations from the Lord.” And why not? Each poem in this text references specific biblical verses which are sometimes serious re-creations and sometimes outright parody. Whether or not you find the content offensive, enlightening or hilarious, your reaction is not really the point. The accomplishment of The Holy Automatic is that any poem in this text forces you to confront whether or not their re-creation is an adequate replacement for the original—which is impossible to decide without interpretational bias. Thus, the book reveals the profound, centurieslong Judeo-Christian problem of trying to impose poetry onto reality. My advice: Pick this up alongside a Bible and go back and forth. Who knows? You might just get divinely inspired.” –Nic Smith, SLUG Magazine

The Holy Automatic is a compilation of Christian poems, each titled with a book of the bible, “The Book of Isaiah 14,” “Ecclesiastes” and so on. Although the collection includes a forward by a certain Rev. Dr. Lee A. Busch, D.D, it is unclear whether it is honestly meant as new, religious writing or “scriptures” as the Reverend suggests, or whether it is a parody of these. Either way, the poems remain staunchly loyal to a heavy-handed biblical rhetorical that is neither relevant to a 21 st century readership nor providing a critical or humorous take on Christian subject matter. Instead, these poems supposedly intend to “guide you through the trials and tribulations of this foul and multifarious 21 st century,” reminding you persistently of your “vices” and “sins”; it seems offensive that “when a woman gives / birth to a boy, she shall be / unclean…if she gives birth to a girl, she / shall be unclean” (Keegan Cameron). Archaic diction adds insult to injury: “thou hast not called upon me. / O Jacob, but thou hast been weary of me” (Dove A.). Perhaps a devoutly religious readership of a fire and brimstone-style denomination might enjoy these poems, but beyond this niche, they serve little literary purpose.” –Klara du Plessis, Broken Pencil

The Cardboard Artist

“The Cardboard Artist” is a short documentary about Calder Greenwood, an LA-based street artist who creates elaborate cardboard and paper mache installations throughout the city. Through exploring ephemeral art and coming to know one of its creators, this film reveals how there’s great beauty in realizing some things must come to an end.

Director/Editor: Matthew Kaundart
Producers: Luka Fisher & Matthew Kaundart
Co-Producers: Tim Grover, Tiffany Naiman & Ben Wiley
Creative Producers: Luka Fisher, Tim Grover, Alexis Justman, Matthew Kaundart, Anne Petrokubi, Amber Pietrzyk & Ben Wiley
Cinematography: Tim Grover & Young G. Kim
Original Music: James Regan
Sound Design: Andrew John Lee
Color: Chris Zeischegg
Additional Color: Young G. Kim
Design: Jeremy Frye & Farida Amar
72U Production Support: Maria Scileppi, Karen Oliveros & Jeremy Eichenbaum
Featuring: Calder Greenwood

Angel Lust EP Release Party

MUSICIANS : BCGs, Terminal A, Band Aparte, Egrets on Ergot, Gulag a Go-Go / DJS : Slip Fall Die, Repeated Measures, SHPR, GRN+GLD / PERFORMANCE ARTISTS : Hart Fisher / INSTALLATION DESIGN : Farida Amar / VIDEO PROJECTIONS : Melisa Dougherty / PRODUCTION : Luka Fisher, West Fuller / DOCUMENTATION : Isabella Clarke, Genevieve Munroe / SPONSORS : Cali Headwear, Brutal Bands Entertainment, Records Ad Nauseam, BETEP, DIVE or DIE

▶︎ Click here to listen to the full Angel Lust EP 

+ SHOW PHOTO DOCUMENTATION (above) : Photographed by Isabella Clarke and Genevieve Munroe


Click here to see Angel Lust show review No. 1

Click here to see Angel Lust show review No. 2

Click here to see Angel Lust show review No. 3


BETEP no. 2 is a new multi-media zine by Luka Fisher and Farida Amar. The following video is an animated rendition of the zine’s mix CD. 

1) Grasshpper City—Egrets on Ergot
2) Tonight We’ll Be Gone—Terminal A
3) Kill Yourself—BCGs
4) The Other People–Chiildren
5) Sun Pierced Brain–MRK

Designed and Curated by
Luka Fisher–
Farida Amar–

Featuring Work By

Terminal A—
Phoenix Askani—
High Creatives–
Egrets on Ergot–
Grace Kavanah
J. Pogue–
Brennan Roach and El Vago Mago–
Sheree Rose—
Robert Siegelman–
Christopher Zeischegg–

Promo Photography by Bella Clarke—
Motion Graphics by Anne Petrokubi–